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5th Feb '16 4:07:26 PM jormis29
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* ''{{Undeclared}}'' to ''FreaksAndGeeks''
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* ''{{Undeclared}}'' ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'' to ''FreaksAndGeeks''''Series/FreaksAndGeeks''
24th Jan '16 8:39:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''That70sShow'' was a show in the 90s that reminisced the 70s, which is what ''HappyDays'' did in the actual 70s to the 50s. Both were also set in Wisconsin, right outside of {{Milwaukee}}.[[note]]Even though That 70's Show suffered from a bit of WhereTheHellIsSpringfield, most references placed Point Place near Kenosha, a Milwaukee suburb.[[/note]] ** ''FreaksAndGeeks'' similarly reminisced (very accurately) 1980 in 2000, and likely would have gone on to play to popular 80s tropes had it survived. * ''ReedBetweenTheLines'' is intended to be a new millennium version of ''TheCosbyShow''. Both shows even have Malcolm-Jamal Warner in starring roles. * ''HannahMontana'' is this to ''LizzieMcGuire'', due to the show's lead MileyCyrus having Music/HilaryDuff as her idol and reason why the show was made.
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* ''That70sShow'' ''Series/That70sShow'' was a show in the 90s that reminisced the 70s, which is what ''HappyDays'' ''Series/HappyDays'' did in the actual 70s to the 50s. Both were also set in Wisconsin, right outside of {{Milwaukee}}.UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}.[[note]]Even though That 70's Show suffered from a bit of WhereTheHellIsSpringfield, most references placed Point Place near Kenosha, a Milwaukee suburb.[[/note]] ** ''FreaksAndGeeks'' ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' similarly reminisced (very accurately) 1980 in 2000, and likely would have gone on to play to popular 80s tropes had it survived. * ''ReedBetweenTheLines'' ''Series/ReedBetweenTheLines'' is intended to be a new millennium version of ''TheCosbyShow''. Both shows even have Malcolm-Jamal Warner in starring roles. * ''HannahMontana'' ''Series/HannahMontana'' is this to ''LizzieMcGuire'', due to the show's lead MileyCyrus having Music/HilaryDuff as her idol and reason why the show was made.
17th Jan '16 10:29:52 AM nombretomado
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* "Reaper" to "TheLoop". Both had Bret Harrison playing a guy named Sam, who hangs out with his slacker friends. And they both got worse the second season, although YMMV on The Loop. Also Bret Harrison played a guy named Sam on ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', who (like in Reaper) had a blonde mother named Linda.
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* "Reaper" to "TheLoop". Both had Bret Harrison playing a guy named Sam, who hangs out with his slacker friends. And they both got worse the second season, although YMMV on The Loop. Also Bret Harrison played a guy named Sam on ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', who (like in Reaper) had a blonde mother named Linda.
24th Nov '15 3:04:14 PM ThatFanwiththeGlasses
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** ''Doctor Who'' has been going on [[LongRunners for long enough]] to have some stories be spiritual successors ''[[UpToEleven to previous stories from the same show]]''. For instance, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]] heavily draws inspiration from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E3ThePowerOfTheDaleks "The Power of the Daleks"]].
24th Nov '15 10:55:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''EliStone'' to ''AllyMcBeal'', both about a lawyer who hallucinates, though both in different ways.
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* ''EliStone'' ''Series/EliStone'' to ''AllyMcBeal'', ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', both about a lawyer who hallucinates, though both in different ways.

* ''NowhereMan'' can be considered a spiritual successor to ''Series/ThePrisoner''.
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* ''NowhereMan'' ''Series/NowhereMan'' can be considered a spiritual successor to ''Series/ThePrisoner''.

* ''TheYoungOnes'' had two spiritual successors, ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'' and ''{{Bottom}}''.
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* ''TheYoungOnes'' ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' had two spiritual successors, ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'' and ''{{Bottom}}''.

** ...which was a spiritual successor to {{Nickelodeon}}'s other sketch comedy series of the early [[TheNineties Nineties]], ''{{Series/Roundhouse}},'' which was an updated version of the network's fondly remembered ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision,'' which itself, was inspired by network [[VarietyShow variety shows]] such as ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and
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** ...which was a spiritual successor to {{Nickelodeon}}'s Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s other sketch comedy series of the early [[TheNineties Nineties]], ''{{Series/Roundhouse}},'' which was an updated version of the network's fondly remembered ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision,'' which itself, was inspired by network [[VarietyShow variety shows]] such as ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and

* ''{{Psychoville}}'', to ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen''. * ''TheWestWing'' was born of material and ideas left over from creator Aaron Sorkin's movie ''The American President.'' ** ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' was a spiritual successor to ''The West Wing.'' In fact, the show's biggest problem was often cited as the fact that the style and tone that worked so well for a show about running the government of the United States felt hilariously out of place on a show about running a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' {{Expy}}.
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* ''{{Psychoville}}'', ''Series/{{Psychoville}}'', to ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen''. * ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' was born of material and ideas left over from creator Aaron Sorkin's movie ''The American President.'' ** ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' was a spiritual successor to ''The West Wing.'' In fact, the show's biggest problem was often cited as the fact that the style and tone that worked so well for a show about running the government of the United States felt hilariously out of place on a show about running a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' {{Expy}}.

* ''Drew Carey's Green Screen Show'' and ''Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza'' are this to ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.
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* ''Drew Carey's Green Screen Show'' and ''Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza'' are this to ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.

* ''ThePacific'' to ''Series/BandOfBrothers''.
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* ''ThePacific'' ''Series/ThePacific'' to ''Series/BandOfBrothers''.

* ''TheWire'' is generally seen as a spiritual successor to the earlier Baltimore police series, ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', which was based on Wire creator David Simon's book and for which he wrote.
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* ''TheWire'' ''Series/TheWire'' is generally seen as a spiritual successor to the earlier Baltimore police series, ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', which was based on Wire creator David Simon's book and for which he wrote.

** It's also a spiritual successor to the film ''AlteredStates.''
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** It's also a spiritual successor to the film ''AlteredStates.''Film/AlteredStates.''
21st Nov '15 10:39:39 AM nombretomado
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* The entire Creator/{{FOX}} television network has been called the spiritual successor to the Creator/DuMont network, and not just because it's the "fourth network" in the American TV lineup after [=DuMont=] went bust in 1956, the two remaining owned-and-operated stations (WABD and WTTG) formed the [=DuMont=] Broadcasting Corporation, which grew and became the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company in 1957 and Metromedia in 1961; in 1986, RupertMurdoch bought Metromedia's television operations and used them to launch the FOX network.
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* The entire Creator/{{FOX}} television network has been called the spiritual successor to the Creator/DuMont network, and not just because it's the "fourth network" in the American TV lineup after [=DuMont=] went bust in 1956, the two remaining owned-and-operated stations (WABD and WTTG) formed the [=DuMont=] Broadcasting Corporation, which grew and became the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company in 1957 and Metromedia in 1961; in 1986, RupertMurdoch UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch bought Metromedia's television operations and used them to launch the FOX network.
2nd Nov '15 10:33:03 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' is the closest thing that Millennials have to their very own version of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''. Though it's sold as a straight horror anthology, it's tackled almost as many flavors of sci-fi, fantasy and horror as the original ''Twilight Zone'', so far doing [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse ghosts, the Antichrist,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum aliens, Satan, the Angel of Death, Nazi doctors, mutants,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven witchcraft, Voodoo, zombies,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow sideshow freaks,]] and [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel famous serial killers]]. Like ''The Twilight Zone'', it's praised for bringing together a talented cast of character actors who all play multiple roles, for showcasing strong writing that can make audiences ''think'' as often as it can scare them, and for emphasizing [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped explicit morality plays]] delivered via [[TwilightZoneTwist unexpected plot twists]]. Probably the biggest difference is that ''American Horror Story'' delivers its stories via multi-part serials that span entire seasons (rather than standalone episodic series), reflecting television audiences' growing preference for long-spanning story arcs in TheNewTens.
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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' is the closest thing that Millennials have to their very own version of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''. Though it's sold as a straight horror anthology, it's tackled almost as many flavors of sci-fi, fantasy and horror as the original ''Twilight Zone'', so far doing [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse ghosts, the Antichrist,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum aliens, Satan, the Angel of Death, Nazi doctors, mutants,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven witchcraft, Voodoo, zombies,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow sideshow freaks,]] and [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel famous serial killers]]. Like ''The Twilight Zone'', it's praised for bringing together a talented cast of character actors who all play multiple roles, for showcasing strong writing that can make audiences ''think'' as often as it can scare them, and for emphasizing [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped explicit morality plays]] delivered via [[TwilightZoneTwist unexpected plot twists]]. Probably the biggest difference is that ''American Horror Story'' delivers its stories via multi-part serials that span entire seasons (rather than standalone episodic series), stories), reflecting television audiences' growing preference for long-spanning story arcs in TheNewTens.
1st Nov '15 10:02:01 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' is the closest thing that Millennials have to their very own version of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''. Though it's sold as a straight horror anthology, it's tackled almost as many flavors of sci-fi, fantasy and horror as the original ''Twilight Zone'', so far doing [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse ghosts, the Antichrist,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum aliens, Satan, the Angel of Death, Nazi doctors, mutants,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven witchcraft, Voodoo, zombies,]] [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow sideshow freaks,]] and [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel famous serial killers]]. Like ''The Twilight Zone'', it's praised for bringing together a talented cast of character actors who all play multiple roles, for showcasing strong writing that can make audiences ''think'' as often as it can scare them, and for emphasizing [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped explicit morality plays]] delivered via [[TwilightZoneTwist unexpected plot twists]]. Probably the biggest difference is that ''American Horror Story'' delivers its stories via multi-part serials that span entire seasons (rather than standalone episodic series), reflecting television audiences' growing preference for long-spanning story arcs in TheNewTens.
11th Oct '15 7:10:29 PM RoseAndHeather
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* ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'' is this to ''Series/TheColbertReport'', with the major difference being that Creator/StephenColbert is playing himself instead of an idiotic, know-it-all conservative political pundit. Virtually all of the production and writing staff from the ''Report'' moved to ''The Late Show'' with Stephen (including, [[HeterosexualLifePartners of course]], Creator/JonStewart as executive producer); they share a set designer and set aesthetic; Stephen continues to have on an eclectic mix of political, business, and celebrity guests; and political snark abounds.
5th Oct '15 8:05:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* UnhappilyEverAfter was the spiritual successor to ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', made by the same creator, with each character on UEA an {{Expy}} of someone on ''Married with Children''. * The short-lived sitcom "Good News" is this to ''Amen'' as they were both created by the same people, took place in a church, shared the same sets, shared a Hettabrink sister (Amelia), and most of the plots involved an AmoralAttorney and the church's reverend. The only thing that's different on GN is that there's no Thelma or Rolly, and GN is set in inner-city UsefulNotes/LosAngeles while Amen is set in Philadelphia.
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* UnhappilyEverAfter ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'' was the spiritual successor to ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', made by the same creator, with each character on UEA an {{Expy}} of someone on ''Married with Children''. * The short-lived sitcom "Good News" is this to ''Amen'' ''Series/{{Amen}}'' as they were both created by the same people, took place in a church, shared the same sets, shared a Hettabrink sister (Amelia), and most of the plots involved an AmoralAttorney and the church's reverend. The only thing that's different on GN is that there's no Thelma or Rolly, and GN is set in inner-city UsefulNotes/LosAngeles while Amen is set in Philadelphia.

* ''ANTFarm'' is a spiritual successor to ''ThatsSoRaven''. * ''DeadliestWarrior'' is a spiritual successor to ''Series/AnimalFaceOff''.
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* ''ANTFarm'' ''Series/ANTFarm'' is a spiritual successor to ''ThatsSoRaven''. ''Series/ThatsSoRaven''. * ''DeadliestWarrior'' ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' is a spiritual successor to ''Series/AnimalFaceOff''.

* ''{{Jessie}}'' could be considered a successor to ''Series/TheNanny'', since they are both about regular women being hired as nannies for wealthy families through pure happenstance.
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* ''{{Jessie}}'' ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' could be considered a successor to ''Series/TheNanny'', since they are both about regular women being hired as nannies for wealthy families through pure happenstance.

** It's also a ''double''-case, as it's pretty much a SpinOff of ''TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' (once again, another O'Connell creation) focusing on Bailey Pickett but with the SerialNumbersFiledOff.
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** It's also a ''double''-case, as it's pretty much a SpinOff of ''TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' (once again, another O'Connell creation) focusing on Bailey Pickett but with the SerialNumbersFiledOff.

* Creator/TheBBC's music show ''Series/LaterWithJoolsHolland'' is without a doubt the SpiritualSuccessor to ''TheOldGreyWhistleTest''.
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* Creator/TheBBC's music show ''Series/LaterWithJoolsHolland'' is without a doubt the SpiritualSuccessor to ''TheOldGreyWhistleTest''.''Series/TheOldGreyWhistleTest''.

* ''{{Homeland}}'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''. In addition to sharing a lot of writers, executive producers and production staff, both shows are concerned with intelligence and counter-terrorism work, what motivates terrorists and double agents, the personal costs of such a life (both terrorists and counter-terrorism agents) and the lengths that both sides will go to. ''Homeland'', however, skips ''24'''s [[RealTime major gimmick]].
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* ''{{Homeland}}'' ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.''Series/TwentyFour''. In addition to sharing a lot of writers, executive producers and production staff, both shows are concerned with intelligence and counter-terrorism work, what motivates terrorists and double agents, the personal costs of such a life (both terrorists and counter-terrorism agents) and the lengths that both sides will go to. ''Homeland'', however, skips ''24'''s [[RealTime major gimmick]].

* ''MrSunshine'' to "BetterOffTed", and "BetterOffTed" to "Series/AndyRichterControlsTheUniverse". * The ''Series/ColgateComedyHour'' to ''{{Vaudeville}}''.
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* ''MrSunshine'' ''Series/MrSunshine'' to "BetterOffTed", "Series/BetterOffTed", and "BetterOffTed" "Series/BetterOffTed" to "Series/AndyRichterControlsTheUniverse". * The ''Series/ColgateComedyHour'' to ''{{Vaudeville}}''.''Series/{{Vaudeville}}''.

** ''{{Community}}'' also feels like one. "Mundane" setting, every character is strange at the very least, lots of improbable [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Lawyers]] at anything, LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters all known for a quirk or a gimmick (POP POP!), and a lot of "unique" episodes which do something different. * ''TinMan'' has Spiritual Succesors in the form of Alice and Neverland * Bunheads to ''GilmoreGirls'': both created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, both have a fast-talking, pop culture savvy, cynical (though Michelle is INFINITELY more bitter than Lorelai), thirty0something female lead. Both take place in small towns, both shows share Kelly Bishop, Chris Eigeman, and others, etc.
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** ''{{Community}}'' ''Series/{{Community}}'' also feels like one. "Mundane" setting, every character is strange at the very least, lots of improbable [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Lawyers]] at anything, LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters all known for a quirk or a gimmick (POP POP!), and a lot of "unique" episodes which do something different. * ''TinMan'' ''Series/TinMan'' has Spiritual Succesors in the form of Alice and Neverland * Bunheads to ''GilmoreGirls'': ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': both created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, both have a fast-talking, pop culture savvy, cynical (though Michelle is INFINITELY more bitter than Lorelai), thirty0something female lead. Both take place in small towns, both shows share Kelly Bishop, Chris Eigeman, and others, etc.

* Creator/TheBBC's ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' is a spiritual successor to the much loved ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', drawing influences and ideas from classical mythology and history rather than Arthurian legends. The series is also built around the relationship between the male leads, although Jason, Pythagoras and Hercules are considerably less [[VitriolicBestBuds vitriolic]] than Merlin and Arthur.
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* Creator/TheBBC's ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' is a spiritual successor to the much loved ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', drawing influences and ideas from classical mythology and history rather than Arthurian legends. The series is also built around the relationship between the male leads, although Jason, Pythagoras and Hercules are considerably less [[VitriolicBestBuds vitriolic]] than Merlin and Arthur.

* ''Series/LifeWithBoys'', although a CanadianSeries broadcast on {{Nickelodeon}} with a low concept, can be considered a SpiritualSuccessor to the glory years of 2006-2007-era DisneyChannel [[KidCom kidcoms]] like ''HannahMontana'', ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and ''ThatsSoRaven'' in feel and in comedy, as it was created by ''Hannah'' creator Michael Poryes, features plenty of [[ZanyScheme zany schemes]], [[CoolLoser cool losers]] and SiblingRivalry (though that can be said of many [[KidCom KidComs]]), and co-stars ''CoryInTheHouse'' alum Madison Pettis. Star Torri Webster seems to have a very MileyCyrus-like charisma and energy, and Creator/EmilyOsment got to guest-star as herself in one episode.
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* ''Series/LifeWithBoys'', although a CanadianSeries broadcast on {{Nickelodeon}} Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} with a low concept, can be considered a SpiritualSuccessor to the glory years of 2006-2007-era DisneyChannel [[KidCom kidcoms]] like ''HannahMontana'', ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' ''Series/HannahMontana'', ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and ''ThatsSoRaven'' ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' in feel and in comedy, as it was created by ''Hannah'' creator Michael Poryes, features plenty of [[ZanyScheme zany schemes]], [[CoolLoser cool losers]] and SiblingRivalry (though that can be said of many [[KidCom KidComs]]), and co-stars ''CoryInTheHouse'' ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'' alum Madison Pettis. Star Torri Webster seems to have a very MileyCyrus-like Music/MileyCyrus-like charisma and energy, and Creator/EmilyOsment got to guest-star as herself in one episode.

* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is spirital successor to ''YesMinister''. Both take a very cynical and comedic look at british politics at a cabinet minister level. Both have an invisible 'frienemy' style Prime Minister. Both show the Minister being worked over and having his chain yanked by the media as well as Malcolm Tucker and Sir Humphrey Appleby respectively. ''TheThickOfIt'' is also notably the SpiritualAntithesis to ''TheWestWing''.
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* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is spirital successor to ''YesMinister''.''Series/YesMinister''. Both take a very cynical and comedic look at british politics at a cabinet minister level. Both have an invisible 'frienemy' style Prime Minister. Both show the Minister being worked over and having his chain yanked by the media as well as Malcolm Tucker and Sir Humphrey Appleby respectively. ''TheThickOfIt'' ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is also notably the SpiritualAntithesis to ''TheWestWing''.''Series/TheWestWing''.
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